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|Lorne Green, Michael Landon, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts|
The western “Bonanza” has two special distinctions: 1) It was the first western series to be shown on television in color. And 2) It was the second-longest running western ever on TV, having graced the screen for fourteen consecutive years. (The longest running television western ever was “Gunsmoke” which aired for twenty years straight.)
“Bonanza” revolved around patriarch Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene), his three sons – Adam, Hoss and Little Joe, and the massive 1,000 square mile ranch that they owned named “The Ponderosa” near Virginia City, Nevada.
“Bonanza” was not a traditional shoot-em up western. Instead, “Bonanza” focused on situations and relationships involving one or more of the Cartwright men and the people they encountered during each episode. The Cartwrights were a close-knit family who were always willing to help people in distress. Therefore, they had their share of desperadoes, connivers, escaped killers and cattle rustlers to deal with while also trying to protect their impressive ranch “The Ponderosa.”
The father, Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) was a three-time widower who had three sons by different wives (who were all deceased). The eldest son Adam (Pernell Roberts) was the most serious and introspective. The middle son, Hoss (Dan Blocker) was the biggest, loudest and probably the most gentle in spirit. The youngest son, Little Joe (Michael Landon) was the most impulsive and romantic which led to many compromising situations.
The adventures of these men and their dealings with the numerous people whose lives crossed their path, made up the continuing saga of “Bonanza.”
Audiences loved the western, making “Bonanza” one of the top shows on television for most of the 1960s. For three seasons in a row, from 1964-1967, “Bonanza” was the number one television show on the air.
Its success led to “Bonanza” being broadcast in syndication for many years afterwards, which is why it is one of the most popular classic TV westerns ever made.
This DVD set contains all 32 episodes from the very first season of “Bonanza.” There are eight DVD discs in this set containing 26 1/2 hours of programming. It also has some bonus material like an archival interview with the show’s creator and producer David Dortort.
This Season 2 DVD set contains all of the Bonanza episodes from the second season. It also has bonus features such as a vintage interview with actor Dan Blocker who starred in the show as Hoss.
This much anticipated release of the third season of “Bonanza” on DVD contains all of the TV episodes for this season.
Some of the Bonanza TV show episodes are available for instant watching on your computer (or other internet connected device) from Amazon Instant Video. Click the button on the left for details.